Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre

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Rock Platform

The following is an overview of science programs, Water as a Resource, Investigating the Local Environment, Alternative Energy and more. 


Students take part in an Environmental workshop - outlining the causes and effects of greenhouse gases on our Earth and the basis of Climate Change.  Energy, Waste, Biodiversity and Water audits are conducted within your school grounds and then students create a student led School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) specific to your school's identified need for actions.  Free of charge (up to 30 students)

Stage 4  Water as a Resource

Working in a round Our Water Lab Stage 4, students will investigate precipitation, evaporation, groundwater, water storage and human use and conservation of water. Students will be using the latest analytical equipment (e.g 8 Data loggers)to perform hands-on investigations and problem-solving. There is also a separate water lab website that supports the lab visit with pre and post activities.

Stage 4 Investigating the Local Environment

Investigate the biodiversity of a local environment and develop an illustration of local food webs. They use geographers tools to measure the abiotic features, discover the local geology, test the water quality and identify human impacts.

Sites: Coastal (can include Rocky Platforms); Sub tropical Rainforest; Dry Sclerophyll forest, littoral rainforest.

Alternative Energy Years 7-12

Take part in an Environmental Workshop and then view our Sustainability Energy Trailer which is full of alternative energy and power saving devices such as solar panels, and wind turbines. Discuss the impacts of Climate Change and devise solutions for the future.

Site: Incursion at your school 


Stage 6 - Depth Studies - McLeays Wetland and Tuckean Reserve

Biology, Earth and Environment

Students meet local experts and investigate local wetlands of the Richmond River catchment - the history of area; consequences of wetland drainage - acid sulfate soils- habitat dwellers (flora and fauna) - future management plans for the area.  Students use a range of geographers tools to collect and analyse data.

Stage 6  Local Ecosystems

Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Investigating Science

Conduct a scientific exploration of a local environment (Rainforest, Wetlands or Coast, including Rock Platforms) and discuss human impacts. Use transects and quadrats to study the distribution and abundance of plants and animals in an environment. Learn about plant and animal adaptations and how to measure the abiotic factors. Study human impact with Macroplastic/ microplastic transects. Link it to a depth study.

Choices of biomes include rainforests, coasts and wetlands. Canoes can be incorporated into the days, up to 15 students, 1 teacher at a time (extra $15 extra cost per student if from public school)

Special Programs

Dorroughby EEC can consult with your school to design a program that suits your specific needs or your local environment.

Please phone us to discuss.


Sub-tropical Rainforest and Dry Sclerophyll forest: Rummery Park-Minyon Falls, Terania Creek

Rock Platforms: Flat Rock – Ballina, Woody Head Iluka

Littoral rainforest and Coasts - Byron Bay, Belongil, Brunswick Heads, Cabarita Beach. 

Mangroves: Evans Head, Brunswick Heads.

Wetlands: McLeays Wetlands, Tuckean Reserve




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